Camera enforcement to begin on key city bus routes
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019
TWO new enforcement cameras to help stop drivers illegally using bus lanes in Leicester will come into effect next week.
The city council is installing the new cameras to record drivers illegally using the bus-only routes on the inbound lane on Duns Lane, in the West End, and on the inbound lane of Lutterworth Road, just south of Marsden Lane, in Aylestone.
Both cameras are due to be switched on from Monday (9 Sep). For the first two weeks, anyone caught by the new enforcement cameras will be issued with a warning notice.
Fixed penalty notices will come into effect from Monday 23 September and drivers caught illegally using the bus-only routes will face a fine of £60. This is reduced to £30 for anyone paying within 14 days but will rise to £90 for late payment.
The two new cameras will be followed by camera enforcement at three other key bus routes from late-September.
Camera enforcement will be introduced on Humberstone Road, at its junction with Forest Road, and on Duns Lane outbound from Monday 23 September.
A further enforcement camera is then due to go live on Narborough Road, at its junction with Fullhurst Avenue, from Wednesday 9 October.
All new cameras will be introduced with a two-week warning notice period. All cameras will operate around the clock, seven days a week. They will be clearly signposted to deter motorists from using them.
Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for environment and transportation, said: “Surveys show that thousands of drivers illegally use these bus-only routes every week, causing delays to bus journey times and increasing congestion.
“Enforcement cameras have proven to be an effective way of cutting the number of drivers that flout bus lane restrictions.
“It’s important that the council does all it can to encourage more people to take the bus, not least because transport currently accounts for a quarter of the city’s carbon emissions.
“Helping reduce unnecessary delays by enforcing existing bus lane restrictions will help improve journey times for thousands of bus passengers and play an important part in addressing the climate emergency declared last February.”
Traffic surveys carried out for 24 hours over seven days indicate that drivers are contravening the bus lanes at the rate of around 48,500 a month on Duns Lane outbound; more than 56,000 a month on Narborough Road; and almost 27,500 on Lutterworth Road.
The inbound and outbound bus lanes between Dysart Way and Forest Road were reviewed following a petition to the council in September 2018 raising concerns about road safety. Counts taken here indicated around 7,400 contraventions taking place each month.
The cost of buying and installing the cameras, maintaining them for three years and putting in the signage required at the five sites would be around £207,000.
The cameras will be self-financing. Any surplus cash raised from contraventions will be exclusively used for investment in highways and transport improvements in the city.